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How Maina Was Repatriated From Niger Republic To Nigeria




Ex-chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has been extradited to Nigeria.

Maina who is under investigation for allegedly mismanaging over N24billion pension funds while in office was extradited from the Niger Republic to face money laundering charges levied against him.

Prior to his extradition, 20 assets worth N1billion suspected to be owned by him had already been seized.

The ex-pension boss was “escorted” to Nigeria by a team of the Nigerian Police and international police (Interpol).

He was received on Thursday, December 3, by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport after the aircraft which brought him to Nigeria landed at the airport at 2.15 pm.

Speaking with journalists at the airport, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Interpol said Maina was brought back to Nigeria on the directive of the IGP, Mohammed Adamu.

A statement released by the Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said,

“The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), today, 3rd December 2020, to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic, where he was arrested having been declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.

“Recall that Abdulrashid Maina was arrested on 30th November 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart. The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, CP Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former Pension Boss, Maina into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 1417Hrs (Nigerian Time).

“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assures that necessary legal actions will follow immediately.”


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